Excerpts and Highlights from the
First Regimental Reunion
16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Wooster, Ohio
July 4, 1870

Web Author's Notes:
The text below represents the beginnings of the 16th OVI reunion organization. It was taken from the Proceedings of Eleven Reunions Held By the 16th Regiment, O.V.I, compiled by Enos Pierson, Secretary of 16th O.V.I. Reunion Association, in 1887. This document was provided by fellow 16th OVI descendant H. Arlan Heiser of Ohio.

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The Sixteenth Ohio will celebrate its First Regimental Reunion, at Wooster, O., on the Fourth of July next.

Almost six years have elapsed since our discharge. The members of the Regiment have been dispersed all over the Great West. In Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nevada they have planted their homes and are fighting the battle of life as manfully, as they fought the battles of their country.

To re-form our broken ranks; to revive the recollections of the camp, the bivouac, the battle-field, the march, the retreat and the prison; to light the old pipe; to crack the old joke; to tell the old story; to give the old welcome; to unfurl the old colors; to put on the old blouse; to take down the old sword; and to mourn the old comrade, is the purpose of our reunion.

The Fourth of July is the fittest day, and Camp Tiffin, the rendezvous of organization, the fittest spot for the first civic reassembling of our scattered ranks.

The citizens of Wooster, and of Wayne County, pledge the 16th boys, from whatever section, a whole-souled welcome.

Come one! come all! and let the first reunion be complete, perfect, joyful. Come with wives; come with babies; come with sweet-hearts; come in single blessedness, to commemorate a glorious day, and a glorious occasion.

A. S. McClure, Chairman.
George Hummer, Secretary,
Wooster, O., May 20th, 1870

First Reunion.
At Wooster, Ohio, July 4th, 1870
Long will the 4th of July, 1870, be a memorable day in the history of Wooster. Nature smiled upon the earth through a serene sky and a bright sun illuminated the heavens. Rapidly ripening wheat called upon the husbandman to use the reaper with diligence, as the mower had already been used with the hay; but yet the county contributed largely to the number of celebrators. The thunders of the cannon, which was under charge of Ed. Van Houten, Frank P. Hess, Ab. Sommers, K. Porter Garing, Marion France, Will C. White, Will F. Rhone, John Bolus, Louis Kermickle, and Newt. Stuller, awakened sleepers early in the morning to a realizing sense that the 4th of July was upon us, and that it was to be commemorated by a Reunion of the 16th O. V. I. As the morning advanced, bunting and flags of the United States were thrown to the breeze very generally on our principal streets. Messrs. Eckels & Wallace had handsomely decorated the front of Areadome with the evergreen and had spanned the street with a streamer, whereon was painted in large letters:


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